Less affordable housing at Pankhurst


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Developers behind a new housing scheme in Littleham have applied to reduce the number of ‘affordable’ homes it contains.

Pankhurst Fish Limited received planning permission in 2013 to build 50 homes at Pankhurst Close Trading Estate.

That application included 40 per cent affordable housing, however East Devon District Council (EDDC) is now being asked to change this to 25 per cent affordable housing.

District council planning officers have advised that this is in line with the guidelines for Exmouth in the emerging new Local Plan for development in East Devon.

A decision on the change will be made by EDDC’s development management committee at its meeting on Tuesday.

All other aspects of the application, which would see the new homes arranged around three cul-de-sacs served by a single access from Pankhurst Close, are unaltered.

When the development was originally approved, the district council said it accepted the developer’s case that the site, though designated as employment land, was no longer viable for this use.

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Exmouth Town Council also gave its support.